Liverpool v Newcastle: Confirmed XI’s – Emre Can makes return to Reds starting line-up

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can

Liverpool take on Newcastle United at Anfield knowing that a win will cut the gap with fourth placed Manchester City to just four points.

Newcastle have been in free fall lately, losing four games in a row and dropping into 13th place.

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The Reds will be without Mamadou Sakho who has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Liverpool will also be without first-choice defender Martin Skrtel due to suspension, captain Steven Gerrard is also out with suspension.

Emre Can will however, return to the starting lineup after serving his one match ban following his first red card in a Liverpool shirt against Manchester United last week.

Liverpool – Newcastle

Stadium: Anfield

Referee: L Mason

Kick-Off: 20:00 GMT

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Lucas, Henderson, Ibe, Coutinho, Sterling

Subs: Jones, Toure, Lambert, Manquillo, Borini, Brannagan, Markovic

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United: Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Anita, Abeid, Sissoko, Cabella, Obertan, Perez.

Subs: Elliot, Sterry, Gouffran, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Armstong, Riviere.

Manager: John Carver